The holidays are upon us, and festivities have commenced! While this time of the year is often a time associated with holiday cheer and gatherings, it is also characterized by flu-like symptoms and sicknesses. Indeed, families are more prone to getting sick in the winter, and while your oral health may not be at the forefront of your mind, it is still important to stay on top of your oral health and not let it fall through the cracks. In today’s blog, your Kansas City, MO dentist discusses the important roles of your preventive checkup and why you should not skip your visits.
Keeping an Eye on Your Oral Health
Your teeth and other oral structures play an important role in many aspects of your life. From helping you accomplish routine tasks such as biting, chewing, and eating to assisting in pronunciation, your teeth are vital in your day-to-day routine. Though you may feel you are practicing a decent preventive routine at home, it is beneficial to revisit this routine periodically.
When we ask our patients about their preventive routines at home, the majority are quick to discuss their brushing habits. This is the foundation of your at-home routine, but it is important to know you should not stop there. As a matter of fact, your dentist recommends brushing twice a day, flossing at least once a day, and swishing and spitting with an antiseptic mouth rinse.
In addition to the steps mentioned above, it is important to recognize that no preventive routine is complete without attending your regular checkup and cleaning. To learn more about this process and what to expect from your visit, give our team a call today.
What We Look For
Your checkup begins with taking your x-rays. X-rays not only allow us to gain a better insight into your needs and oral structures, but it helps us identify potential issues sooner. This then gives us an idea of what to look for or keep in mind during your formal exam.
During your routine examination and cleaning, our team has the opportunity to examine your structures and take a closer look at your smile’s health. We take care to check the teeth, gums cheeks, and other oral tissues and structures for signs of damage or concern. Contact our team to schedule your checkup today.
Minimizing Plaque Deposits
Once your exam is complete, our team will provide a cleaning. Even with routine preventive practices at home, plaque can form in the hardest-to-reach places and thrive relatively unbothered. Our cleaning helps remove these deposits and allows for a cleaner and healthier smile.
Learn More Today
Contact Plaza Family Dentistry in Kansas City, MO by calling 816-531-8000 to schedule your next appointment with our team and learn more about the importance of attending your routine checkup appointments.